Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Release Day Blitz: ALWAYS SECOND BEST by Elodie Nowodazkij


Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.

Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.

Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He's going to prove he's meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams. It’s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn’t always what matters.

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Chapter 15 / EM

I FORGET MYSELF in his kiss, in the way his arms tighten around me, in the way my entire body wants to get even closer.

One of his hands cups the side of my face. I jump so my legs are around his waist. He’s holding me and I deepen our kiss. I don’t ever want to stop.

“Em.” His voice is hoarse and he walks forward, my legs still around him, until my back hits the mirror.

His lips trail down my face, to my collarbone, and his hands detangle mine from his neck to bring them over my head.

I can feel him, all of him. “I’ve missed you,” he says.

And I’ve missed him too. So much. My brain’s screaming for me to stop, my heart’s hesitating. What am I doing? What are we doing? Setting ourselves up for failure again.

“I have to go.” My voice shakes. “I have to go,” I repeat and Nick slowly puts me back on my feet before stepping away.

“What are you talking about?” He’s almost out of breath.

“I have to go.” I can’t look at him, or I’ll never leave.

I rush out. My feelings and my heart trailing behind.

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Check out the other titles in the Broken Dreams Series

One Dream Only #0.5

One, Two, Three #1

A Summer Like No Other #1.5

Alles für einen Traum (German Edition)

Alles für einen Traum / Only One Dream (German/English Edition)

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About Elodie

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. She's also a serial smiley user.

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